How A Century-Old Skate Design Completely Changed Modern Speed Skating

Equipment can be a funny thing in sports, as we've seen with the ongoing Under Armor race suit debacle. But that's nothing compared to what happened in 1996, when the International Skating Union allowed skaters to begin using clap skates (or slap skates, depending on who you ask) in competitions. » 2/15/14 1:37pm 2/15/14 1:37pm

Is A Crappy Under Armour Race Suit Slowing Down U.S. Speed Skating?

The U.S. has sucked something fierce in speed skating so far at Sochi. Through more than half of its races, Team USA still hasn't medaled. This is astonishing, because speed skating is traditionally one of the U.S.'s strongest winter sports. One explanation for the dip? As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it… » 2/13/14 7:29pm 2/13/14 7:29pm

Russian Skater Gets Away With False Start Thanks To Broken Starter…

Ekaterina Lobysheva is a veteran Russian speed skater, but everything about her run during today's 500m prelims in Sochi today was amateur hour—from the broken starter pistol that let her get away with a second, disqualifying false start, to the broken ice that made her wipe out at the end. » 2/11/14 8:56am 2/11/14 8:56am

Speed Skaters Have Gotten A Lot Faster Since 1924

Similar to what The New York Times did for the 100m dash in 2012, The Wall Street Journal has developed a great graphic to show just how much faster the top speed skaters have gotten over the years. The still above is part of an animation pitting every male 500m gold medalist against each other; the 2002 winner (Casey… » 2/10/14 6:20pm 2/10/14 6:20pm

Dutch Twin Brothers Battle For Gold In Speed Skating

The Dutch own speed skating. Over the weekend, Ireen Wust won gold in the women's 3,000, they swept the podium in the men's 5,000 and today they swept the 500. This was a particularly tense set of races because identical twin brothers were jockeying for position. This is a split-screen video of the two Mulder… » 2/10/14 5:34pm 2/10/14 5:34pm

So Why Was That Angry Speed Skating Guy So Angry?

Sjinkie Knegt, an Olympic-bound speed skater from the Netherlands, graced us this weekend with the greatest speed skating photo of all time when he lost the 5000m relay at ISU European short track speed skating championships to Victor An, a Russian by way of South Korea. Now we can't help but ask one question: Why u… » 1/20/14 4:55pm 1/20/14 4:55pm